Bridge at Florida International University collapses; at least 8 injured

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President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that he was monitoring the "heartbreaking bridge collapse", calling it "so tragic" and praising the bravery of first responders who "rushed in to save lives". "Thank you for your courage". He will be on the school's campus this evening to speak with local law enforcement and university officials, his office said.

Figg also designed the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge, a four-mile-long section of Interstate 275 in the Tampa-St.

Paramedics were deployed to treat people injured in the accident. In an earlier tweet, Scott said he had spoked to Miami Dade County Police Chief Juan Perez about the bridge collapse and that he will continue to communicate with authorities. He says the other eight were stable, with injuries such as "bruises and abrasions to broken bones". One patient with severe extremity injuries arrived in a coma, McKenney said.

Senator Marco Rubio, who visited the site Thursday, posted on Twitter: "The cables that suspend the #Miami bridge had loosened & the engineering firm ordered that they be tightened".

A team of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board is on its way to Miami, according to a tweet from the agency. That tower had not yet been installed, and it was unclear what builders were using as temporary supports.

The structure was hailed as an "instant" bridge that had been assembled over a number of months and then dropped into place in a matter of hours.

Bea said trying something new that crossed a highway was a gamble.

FIU students are now on their spring break until 17 March.

"The cars were completely crushed under it", Carrasco said. Not only because we have to preserve evidence, not only because there might be possible victims under there and we have to treat it very delicately.

Maurice Kemp, the area's deputy mayor, said the search for survivors had not been abandoned.

"My heart stopped. I could hear the crackle in his voice as he explained to me that the bridge collapsed and there are vehicles trapped under it". "These people that are doing these engineering studies will tell us what went wrong", said Rubio, "and that won't provide any comfort to the families who lost a loved one, but it will prevent something like this from ever happening again".

Florida Highway Patrol confirms several people are dead due to the collapse.

The span of the bridge that collapsed was only installed on Saturday.

Munilla Construction Management, the company involved in the bridge build, posted a statement online which read: "Our family's thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this awful tragedy".

University officials were urging students and others to stay away from the area where a pedestrian bridge collapsed while rescue efforts proceed.

Florida's lawmakers also expressed sympathy for the victims of the collapse and called for an investigation into what led to the incident.

An innovative construction method that was supposed to reduce risks for workers and pedestrians while minimizing traffic disruptions across from Florida International University's main campus ended in tragedy Thursday.

This is the scene at @FIU after bridge collapse.

MCM, meanwhile, was accused of substandard work in a lawsuit filed this month by a worker injured when a makeshift bridge MCM built at Fort Lauderdale International Airport collapsed under his weight.

In Tuesday's release, the university added, "The FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge is the largest pedestrian bridge moved via Self-Propelled Modular Transportation in USA history".

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